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->''"This bronze. Yes, now's the moment; I'm looking at this thing on the mantelpiece, and I understand that I'm in {{hell}}. I tell you, everything's been thoughtout beforehand. They knew I'd stand at the fireplace stroking this thing of bronze, with all those eyes intent on me. Devouring me. What? Only two of you? I thought there were more; many more. So this is hell. I'd never have believed it. [[FireAndBrimstoneHell You remember all we were told about the torture-chambers, the fire and brimstone, the burning marl,]] [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions Old wives' tales! There’s no need for red-hot pokers.]] [[ItWasHisSled HELL IS--OTHER PEOPLE!]]"''

A classic play by Jean-Paul Sartre that's highly popular in UsefulNotes/{{Existentialism}}, ''No Exit'' is an often darkly comic look at the SelfInflictedHell faced by its three [[VillainProtagonist protagonists]]. They are [[DirtyCoward Garcin]], an insecure journalist; Ines, a [[PsychoLesbian lesbian]] postal clerk, and Estelle, a [[StepfordSmiler beautiful]] [[{{yandere}} and charming]] young aristocrat.
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!!Contains examples of:

* BadassPacifist: Garcin thinks he's this, but he's really a DirtyCoward.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Estelle appears nice at first but she's truly vicious.
* BrutalHonesty: Ines doesn't mince her words.
* TheCasanova: Garcin. One of his flaws is his lust.
* CoitusUninterruptus: In life, Garcin was fond of bringing his conquests home in full view of his wife, and making her serve them coffee in bed. [[spoiler:He does it with Estelle during the course of the play whilst Ines offers running commentary, in a ''supremely'' awkward scene.]]
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Hell involves locking you in a small hotel room with two [[LaserGuidedKarma similarly unpleasant]] [[JerkAss people]]... '''''[[AndIMustScream forever]]'''''. [[spoiler:The door isn't locked. It even pops open near the end. ''No one has the nerve to leave.'']]
* DeadToBeginWith: Our protagonists are introduced entering the hotel, which is hell.
* DirtyCoward: Garcin deserted and met his end by firing squad.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: A uniquely dark and disturbing example since the people are in hell and their laughter could be them going insane.
%%* FreudianTrio: Garcin is Ego, the mostly critical Ines eventually becomes the Superego (while acting like Id at first), and Estelle reveals herself to be Id.
* HellHotel: Arguably, this is the inversion (rather than an Earthly hotel being hellish, Hell is a rather normal Earthly hotel--on the surface anyway).
* IronicHell: Possibly the most stripped-down, bare-bones example in the history of fiction. [[spoiler:The only things making the hotel room a place of eternal torment are the exact same psychological flaws and unpleasantnesses that got you sent there in the first place.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: The three of them in life, which comes to be used as their mutual hell.
* MeaningfulName:
** Garcin: another french word for kid. It comes from his desire to be seen as a hero or a man.
** Estelle: Est-elle or "is she". Comes from the fact that she can't know if she's real or not without seeing herself in a mirror.
* MundaneAfterlife: As seen the page quote, the characters are amused that ''Hell'' is a mundane looking hotel.
* OnlySaneMan: Garcin believes himself to be this, being a provider, and a pacifist, and therefore has no reason to be there. He's neither. When he and Estelle begin lying, painting themselves as better people, and the fact that there must be a mistake, Ines sees through them, and accuses them, and herself, of being all rotten people, who should just admit what they did. She's also the first to hammer in the fact that they're in hell, and deserve to be there.
* OntologicalMystery: The play beings with them in a hotel, which they determine to be hell and then puzzle out why they are there.
* PsychoLesbian: Ines, it's never out right stated that she's a lesbian, but it's pretty clear she is, and she's plenty psycho.
* SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere: The play's setting. [[spoiler:As it turns out, it doesn't even ''have'' to be sealed.]]
* SelfInflictedHell: Literally, there is no need for FireAndBrimstoneHell because "Hell is other people". [[spoiler:Made even more poignant by the fact that the protagonists are given several opportunities to escape during the play, but are held back every time by their own flaws, fears and anxieties. Not only is hell other people, but its security system is ''yourself''.]]
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: This is part of the entire point. At the end of the story, it's implied that the main characters could leave at any time they wished to, but their own character flaws and lack of empathy with each other prevent them from doing so.
* TriangRelations: Played with all over the place. Hell picks the roommates very well; every one of them is CAPABLE of respecting each other at least superficially, but when any two start getting along, the third person will try to break it up out of jealousy; all three are attention whores and cannot stand the other two being friendly. Estelle causes problems by making romantic overtures at both of them, Ines by picking one to degrade in the eyes of the other, and Garcin by trying to make himself look superior to one or the other. The three are perfectly suited to constantly making each other miserable via social shenanigans, and yet incapable of dealing with the idea of leaving the other two.
%%* VillainousBreakdown:
* VillainProtagonist: All of the characters are horrible people that have done horrible things. That's why they're in Hell, but only Ines recognizes this fact.
* {{Yandere}}: Estelle was displeased by one of her lovers, so she took a horrible revenge [[spoiler:by throwing their child off a balcony in front of him]].
* YearOutsideHourInside: During the play, the characters have visions of life progressing without them on Earth, and it seems like unlike usual Hells in which an eternity is actually a second, what feels like a brief time in Hell is actually several months on the outside.

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